Jose Berios made six shutout innings in his Toronto debut and the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep north of the border in their first series since 2019, beating the Kansas City Royals 5-1.
TORONTO – Jose Berios made six shutout innings in his Toronto debut as the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep north of the border in their first series since 2019, beating the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Sunday.
Marcus Semien and Santiago Espinal backed the big-name newcomer from Toronto.
Acquired from Minnesota at the trade deadline on Friday for the two minor leaguers, Berios (8-5) allowed five hits, four of them singles.
The two-time All-Star scored one run and scored seven runs, including four straight runs in the third and fourth innings.
Kansas City loaded the base with two in the sixth, but Berios ended his outing by defeating Edward Olivares and was out with a 5–0 lead.
Berios is 3-0 in three starts against Kansas City this season.
Trevor Richards retired all four batsmen he faced and Tim Mezza got the final five outs as Toronto won for the fifth time in six matches.
The Blue Jays returned to Canada on Friday after playing the full 2020 season and the first half of 2021 in both Buffalo and Dunedin, Florida, due to border restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
After George Springer opened the scoring with an RBI double in the third, Semien hit his 25th homer on a two-run drive from Brad Keller (7-10).
Espinal added a single drive from right-hander Josh Stomont in fourth.
The Blue Jays scored two home runs in all three matches against the Royals. Toronto has hit an MLB-leading 159 homers this season.
Keller remained in the game after meeting with the trainer in the third but left after the inning due to a lower back stiffness. He conceded three runs and seven hits.
Olivares ended Kansas City’s 17-innings streak without a score in ninth with a two-out homer off Mezza, his second.
Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been discharged for the first time this season. The All-Star slugger played all 60 games last year and played 101 games in a row to start the season.
Springer and Teoscar Hernandez taped Guerrero to the railing at the end of the dugout bench in the opening innings, but soon freed him.
Blue Jays: Cavan Bigio starts 1B in place of Guerrero. … started in Springer DH.
Blue Jays: RHP Thomas Hatch and LHP Taylor Saucedo were selected to Triple-A Buffalo to replace the Berios and RHP Joaquim Soria on the roster.
Royals: Kansas City is closed on Mondays. The Royals begin their three-match series against the White Sox in Chicago on Tuesday. LHP Chris Bubic (3-4, 4.58) starts for Kansas City and RHP Dylan Siege (7-6, 4.14) goes for the White Sox.
Blue Jays: LHP Robbie Ray (9-5, 3.04) made his four-match series debut against Cleveland. Ray will face RHP Eli Morgan (1-3, 7.47).
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